Though the media is more focused on rampant childhood obesity, there are some underweight children.
When kids refuse to eat, it is a challenge for parents to make sure they get proper nutrition.
Understandably, kids that usually eat normally often lose their appetite when they are sick. Kids who don’t eat much during a two-day bout with the flu will probably have no health issues from the temporary reduction in nutrition.
children who undergo chemo treatment at hospitals, however, are at greater risk for malnutrition. Ironically, this is the time when adequate calories, vitamins, and minerals are needed the most for ill children.
Here are some suggestions for helping kids with poor appetites receive adequate nutrition:
Don’t let your child fill up on beverages before meals, serve liquids between meals
Offer small meals throughout the day
Always have healthy snacks available like protein bars, fruit, and cheese
Alter food temperature to see if it makes the food more appealing to your child
Try smoothies and soups if your sick child has a hard time swallowing
If your child is turned off by intense smells or flavors, try bland foods with little seasoning
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